The novel centers on Kavita, who is stuck in a dead-end marriage. Parent of two young children, she is the main breadwinner. An old flame unexpectedly offers her a week in Waiheke. If she were to leave, she doesn’t know when – or if – she would return.
“I’m fascinated by the way people interact and how the accumulation of small moments can have big consequences. It’s a book structured around terror and horror, but I also added elements of romantic comedies, satire, social realism and thrillers,” says Brannavan Gnanalingam.
Gnanalingam’s previous novel,
Strandswas nominated for numerous awards, including the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards and the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and won the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Novel, as well as appearing on numerous end-of-year critics’ lists.
“Slow down, there you are is a book full of love and despair. Gnanalingam has a gift for realistic fiction that is so real that it gives the reader an entirely new view of what might have been considered too familiar. What Strands did to shine a light on the toxic politics of an all-boys private school, this new novel did it for the city of Auckland, from Ōnehunga to Waiheke,” says Murdoch Stephens of publishing collective Lawrence & Gibson.
Just released, and if COVID-19 permits, a launch will take place in Wellington in May with From the top of the highlands by Stephens.
The cover of Slow down, there you are features stunning photography by artist Dilohana Lekamge.
Brannavan Gnanalingam (1983-) is a Wellington-based novelist and lawyer. He has written seven novels, including
Strands (2020) and Waterlogged Downstream (2017), both shortlisted for the Jann Medlicott Acorn Foundation Prize for Fiction at the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards, and the longlist A briefcase, two pies and a penthouse
(2016). Gnanalingam is a regular columnist for the Sunday Star-Times and was a former film and music critic (notably winning a Qantas Media Award in 2009 with the Lumière Reader).
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